Gaels come back in the fourth quarter to top Capers 60-51 in quarterfinals of ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Women’s Final 8

Gaels come back in the fourth quarter to top Capers 60-51 in quarterfinals of ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Women’s Final 8

VICTORIA (U SPORTS) – The No. 6-seeded Cape Breton Capers gave the No. 3 Queen's Gaels a scare to open up the ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Women's Basketball Final 8 on Wednesday afternoon but the Gaels prevailed, pulling ahead in the fourth quarter on their way to a 60-51 quarter-final victory at the CARSA Performance Gym.


"I thought our first half was an issue, certainly with our shooting and for us to get relaxed playing here because it's a hyped up environment so it does take a little bit of time to relax," said Queen's head coach Dave Wilson. 

"But we certainly don't want to go into games giving up that much of a lead at the start—not often are we going to be able to come back like that."

Marianne Alarie led the Gaels with 14 points, adding three rebounds and an assist, while teammate Andrea Priamo chimed in with 10 points and six rebounds. Robyn Pearson and Abby Dixon each had 10 rebounds for Queen's. 

Alarie was named the Player of the Game for the Gaels. She's coming off a regular season that saw her lead the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game on 41 per cent  shooting from the field and 26.9 per cent shooting from beyond three.

Cape Breton was led by Colleen Keane with 15 points, 12 of which came in the first half alone. Alison Keough added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds while Valentina Primossi had five rebounds and five points.

"We followed the game plan pretty well—we took some things away from them," said Capers head coach Fabian McKenzie. "They adjusted later on but I think in the first half we were pretty good."

For her efforts, Keane was named the Player of the Game. The award, and the performance that earned it, didn't surprise her coach.

"She's pretty solid for us," said McKenzie. "She is our leader—wherever she goes we go. She's the heart and soul of our group."

The Capers jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter only to see the Gaels chip away at the deficit. Queen's knocked down 15 points in the second quarter and 17 in the third to send the game to fourth quarter with the Capers leading by just four.

"I think our team came out pretty strong in the beginning and then towards the end we lost our steam," said Keane. "It's our first time here so it's just a learning experience overall."

It was in the fourth quarter that the Gaels rounded into form, feeding off the energy of their large travelling cheer squad to outscore Cape Breton 22-9. The Gaels hit 50 per cent of their shots from the field in the quarter, going nine-for-18.

"There were a couple things that we wanted to do on defence to disrupt their offence a little bit and that seemed to give us a little spark but the main thing we talked about was to relax and play our game," said Wilson.

For their part, the Capers hit 41.3 per cent of their shots from the field and 20 per cent from three-point range. But they came up short when they needed it most, hitting just 27 per cent of their shots in the fourth—a low for the game.

The Gaels will play again on Saturday, when they'll meet the winner of Wednesday's second quarter-final between Saskatchewan and Laval. Cape Breton will meet the loser of that game for a 6:00 p.m. PST match-up on Friday night. 


Official Boxscore:

CBU 17-13-12-9: 51

QUE 6-15-17-22: 60

Cape Breton Capers
Points: Colleen Keane (15), Alison Keough (12), Jalynn Skeir (7)
Rebounds: Alison Keough (9), Colleen Keane (5), Valentina Primossi (5)
Assists: Valentina Primossi (3) 

Player of the game: #7 Colleen Keane 

Queen's Gaels
Points: Marianne Alarie (14), Andrea Priamo (10), Robyn Pearson (9)
Rebounds: Robyn Pearson (10), Abby Dixon (10), Andrea Primo (6)
Assists: Abby Dixon (5), Emily Hazlett (4) 

Player of the game: #10 Marianne Alarie


Wednesday, March 8
6:30 p.m. 2017 U SPORTS Women's Basketball All-Canadian Awards 

Thursday, March 9
12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.3 Queen's (60) vs. No. 6 Cape Breton (51) (USPORTS.LIVE) 
2:00 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No. 2 Saskatchewan vs. No. 7 Laval (USPORTS.LIVE) 
6:00 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No. 4 McGill vs. No. 5 Regina (USPORTS.LIVE) 
8:00 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 8 Victoria (USPORTS.LIVE) 

Friday, March 10
6:00 p.m. Consolation 1: Cape Breton vs. Loser QF 2 (USPORTS.LIVE)
8:00 p.m. Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (USPORTS.LIVE) 

Saturday, March 11
2:00 p.m. Semifinal 1: Queen's vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)
4:00 p.m. Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)
7:00 p.m. 5th-place game (USPORTS.LIVE) 

Sunday, March 12
10:00 a.m. Bronze (USPORTS.LIVE)
1:00 p.m. Final (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

Source: U SPORTS Communications

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – It came down to the wire, but the Dalhousie Tigers were able to pull out a two-point victory, 67-65 over the Alberta Golden Bears on Thursday night in the quarter-finals of the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men's Final 8.

With the game on the line, the Tigers put the ball in the hands of their dynamic forward Kashrell Lawrence, and he didn't disappoint, sinking a layup amidst traffic with 1.4 seconds left to go. Dalhousie would then force a turnover on the ensuing inbound from Alberta to seal the win.

Lawrence finished with a double-double (28 points and 10 rebounds) in the win, while forward Mamadou Gueye had 18 points in the loss.


Both team's shooters got off to a hot start in the opening 10 minutes. Guard Lyndon Annetts netted a team-leading eight points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field, while Dalhousie guard Ritchie Kanza Mata went 2-for-3 with six points.

Alberta had the stronger shooting performance as a team however, going 42.1 per cent from the field, while the Tigers shot just 28.6 per cent. Seven players scored for the Golden Bears, who led 20-15 after one.

Dalhousie came out strong defensively in the second quarter, forcing three-straight turnovers, while going on an 11-0 run in the opening four minutes.

"I push these guys, they're used to it and really in all the close games, it's really been our trademark," said Dalhousie head coach Rick Plato of his team's defensive performance.

Lawrence was the catalyst on the other end, turning two fast break opportunities into points. He would lead all scorers for the Tigers with 14 points – 10 of which came in the second quarter as the Tigers led by two at halftime.

Gueye came out hot in the third quarter, after being shut down in the first half. He went 3-of-5 from the field for 10 points, added four rebounds and was a terror inside the paint as the Golden Bears entered the final 10 minutes up by three.

Lawrence continued to lead the way on both ends of the court for the Tigers and had a game-leading 22 points to keep his team within striking distance.

Gueye and Lawrence went back-and-forth yet again in the final quarter, as the two teams traded the lead, however it was the Tigers who would emerge victorious.

"We're obviously really disappointed," said Alberta Golden Bears head coach Barnaby Craddock. It was a tough loss and we have to own that. Credit to Dalhousie."

With the win, the Tigers advance to the semifinal on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. AT, where they will face Ryerson. The Golden Bears will battle Saint Mary's in the consolation semifinal tomorrow at 8 p.m. AT.


Official Boxscore:

ALB: 20-16-19-10: 65
DAL: 15-23-14-15: 67

Points: Mamadou Gueye (18), Lyndon Annetts (14)
Rebounds: Brody Clarke (8)
Assists: Austin Waddoups (4)

Player of the game: Mamadou Gueye

Points: Kashrell Lawrence (28), Ritchie Kanza Mata (16)
Rebounds: Kashrell Lawrence (10)
Assists: Ritchie Kanza Mata (5)

Player of the game: Kashrell Lawrence   



Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary's 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast) 

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary vs. Manitoba (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary's vs. Alberta (TV1 webcast) 

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton vs. McGill (Sportsnet 360/SN Now

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson vs. Dalhousie (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game (TV1 webcast) 

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

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